February sees Britain gridlocked by roadworks

Claire Edwards

This Febuary has seen ten times as many roadworks across Britain compared with the same time last year, according to research by the Electronic Local Government Information Network (Elgin).

The number of roadworks in February is also three times more than in January and the high number is likely to continue well into March. Elgin says that the reason behind the surge is due to a combination of bad weather, council deadlines and a backlog of work.

The severe weather since November has meant that many planned roadworks have been postponed, while it has also caused many roads to deteriorate under the heavy ice and snow.